Not a long time ago, every company in the entire world drew a fine line between the meaning of work and play. So if you’re having fun while working, if you’re laughing around, having fun or even showing a playful nature towards your job, it is assumed that you’re not serious enough to handle it and you’re immature. In other words, you’re not considered professional. Over 20 years of time, as much as the traditional way of doing business has changed, people have thrown out the idea of this out of the window too. There’s more casualness around work which led a lot of CEOs and AVPs to put humor and bring happiness to work. This brought successful employees and managers who were finally having fun and enjoying their job. It is a new way to deal with stress at every workplace.
In the mid 80’s, a survey discovered that 84 % of Vice Presidents and directors of the top 100 companies of the world felt that employees should have their share of humor and fun. The survey that was conducted, concluded that people with the sense of humor are more creative and willing to except change and embrace new ideas.
Another survey in the mid 80’s of chief execs concluded that 98% of the people said they’d hire someone with a good sense of humor over any plain dull person. Many companies will tell you that they’re looking for a hint of a good sense of humor in employees they hire especially for managerial positions. This ensures that their employees are fit for the job and are not bent out of shape or too serious.
In a recent survey of business executives, around 62% of them responded to the survey saying they feel that laughter and humor go hand in hand and contribute to the overall success. Humor plays an Important role in the conduct of business and humor keeps the business healthy and hearty. Most of the CEOs responded with:
“. . . all other things being equal, they would hire the job applicant with a better sense of humor.”
An article in a HR magazine reported managers to begin programmes to help employees in having fun and to lighten them up.
Leadership of a new kind:
As the 90’s emerged, a lot of employees who loved their jobs left as frustrated, angry and depressed people. They stopped enjoying their work and felt overworked, overloaded and filled with all this pressure of information explosion. Their tired to demand to be treated well.
Leaders of the current Society should and must recognize the voice of their employees stating how much they’d love their work if it was fun. They must know how to identify and develop employees who can perform well in a tense work situation. In the future, more and more successful companies will have only resilient employees.
The corporate culture should be such that they should provide them work that is enjoyable and people are less stressed and are committed to provide the highest quality they can offer.
Is it just the corporate world?
In the real world, most schools have the same motto: to give out as much homework as they can and burden students with loads and loads of homework which ultimately makes kids robots who are too fragile to dream and aim bigger.
Women who are housewives are made to think they are only slaves of the members of the family and are often forced to do all the chores. They’re not allowed to enjoy their work, and if they do, they’re thought of as lazy and immature women.
These conditions have only inspired many CEOs to help employees to lighten up on the job. It has helped to boost the productivity while providing invaluable skill while coping with the work environment. Majority of the employees love their jobs and the motivation to work harder comes from within.
At this highest level, leadership refers to the development of basic courtesy and values of the company.
The CEO of Rosenbluth International, Hal Rosenbluth says that “ it is almost inhumane if companies create a climate where people can’t naturally have fun . . . Our role and responsibility as leaders and associates is to create a place where people can enjoy themselves. I know our company is doing well when I walk around and hear people laughing.”
In the mid of 2000, the CEO Magazine sponsored a discussion of 25 CEOs of major American companies and HR concerns were the main subjects of the discussion. The conclusion of the CEOs was that if any company wants to be successful in the global market, it should have to find employees who work efficiently and creatively and enjoy their work in the process of that. This is exactly one of the greatest challenges faced by the leaders today.
Many companies push the limits higher and higher each year but they don’t stress enough about the enjoyment of their jobs in the process.
In the 60’s, President John F. Kennedy had a bold and beautiful vision to work towards the betterment of mankind. A vision to help the United States land a man on the moon and return safely before the end of the decade. Despite not having technology at that time, his commitment towards his job and his beliefs made that happen and helped us believe that YES, work can be enjoyable. Humor will be your best friend to make this come true. After all, laughter is the best medicine.